New! Vacancy for Lecturer in Palaeontology!

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science 

Specific Purpose Whole-time Post

(anticipated duration of 5 years)

UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Lecturer in Palaeontology within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. To expand our team, we are looking for excellent, highly motivated candidates whose skills, ambition and vision complement those of existing staff and those in the wider School.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, within the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) comprises the academic disciplines of Geology, Zoology, Ecology, Plant Science, Agricultural Science and Environmental Science and is a diverse and dynamic community with many transdisciplinary internal research linkages and important external research collaborations with institutions around the globe. The School is one of the largest in the College of Science and Food Science (SEFS), is highly research active and offers a wide variety of programmes across the disciplines. The School offers nine undergraduate programmes including BSc Geology, BSc International Field Geosciences and BSc Earth Sciences, three taught MSc programmes including MSc Applied Environmental Geology, four MRes programmes and an MRes Geological Science. The School has 29 permanent academic staff including a Chair of Geology and Professor of Palaeontology. All academic staff members in geoscience are PIs or funded researchers in the SFI research centre iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences). Research activities in Palaeontology are supported by excellent laboratory facilities that include a dedicated Palaeontology laboratory outfitted with fume hood, three constant temperature chambers, 3D printer, portable XRF analyser  and high-pressure high-temperature rig, and by a new microbeam laboratory with VP-SEM, micro-FTIR, micro-Raman, ultramicrotome and diverse light microscopy facilities. Other relevant facilities in the School include a dedicated histology laboratory, environmentally controlled tank facility and growth rooms and genetic sequencing facilities.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a doctorate in Palaeontology or related area, and should demonstrate a proven commitment to excellence in teaching and research as evidenced by a scholarly reputation of international standing. S/he should develop research compatible with the research agenda of the School and of national and EU funding strategies. S/he is expected to have a track record of sustained peer-reviewed publications and will have a record of fostering a culture of teaching and research excellence. Applicants should have relevant teaching experience enabling them to develop and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The successful appointee is expected to develop the research profile of Palaeontology and to build partnerships with colleagues both within the School and externally to obtain funding for support of PhD students and other researchers.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see https://ore.ucc.ie/.   The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Andy Wheeler, Tel: 021 490 4577, Email: a.wheeler@ucc.ie. Further information on the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences please visit http://www.ucc.ie/en/bees

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiatives at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.

Appointment may be made on the Lecturer Salary Scale: €34,748 – €61,370 (Scale B) / €36,658 – €58,397 (Scale A)

Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday, 13th July 2021.

No late applications will be accepted.



Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

NEW! Fantastic 4-year funding opportunities for experienced postdocs with Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council

Projects are funded for four years and come with €425,000 in direct costs including applicant’s salary and stipend and fees for a PhD student.

If you are interested in applying and would like to come to Cork, please get in touch (maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie).

Please see https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/pathway/ for more details.

Interested in joining the team in Cork and doing research on soft tissue taphonomy of fossils, taphonomic experiments, or fossil colour?

You can apply for funding via several sources:

Postdoctoral funding

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship

Royal Society Fellowships

Maria-Sklowdowska Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

PhD funding

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship

MRes opportunities

The MRes in Geological Sciences is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applications will be accepted for a start date in October or January. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills.

Prospective students interested in carrying out a palaeontology-based MRes are advised to contact Prof. Maria McNamara and the Programme Coordinator (Prof. Andy Wheeler: a.wheeler@ucc.ie). For further information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/bees/courses/postgrad/.